Her Journey Podcast

Her Journey is a new addition to Self-care Support, emphasizing the inspirational stories of powerful women. We give these individuals a platform to share their messages and experiences with others, hosted by the founder and executive director, Allene Yue.





Her Journey Teaser

Allene, founder and executive director of Self-care Support, is hosting a new podcast for her organization! Stay tuned to listen to the amazing stories of inspirational women across the world; learn about both their impact, and how they managed to get to where they are now!

Episode 1: Changing the World of Politics ft. Jackie Bueno

Jackie Bueno is the proud daughter of immigrant parents from Nicaragua and the Philippines. Jackie is a Cal graduate and the Founder of Empower to Change (e2c). Jackie's love of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) led her to  initially start her professional career working in digital politics  after graduating from Cal. Jackie first worked at a Democratic Super PAC, then worked in Congress for a first-term  Congressman from Chicago. Through this experience, Jackie switched her career to tech to become more well-rounded as a young  professional and pursue her


interests in the intersection of politics  and tech. Jackie currently works in tech sales covering government accounts in her territory. Jackie's aim is to address issues of DEI in the tech space when she's not running e2c. In today's episode, host Allene Yue interviews Jackie Bueno about her experiences in the political and technological world at an early age. Listen to Jackie talk about her journey, graduating from UC Berkeley, moving to Washington D.C., and then moving back to California, and hear about how her incredible experiences and fascinating jobs led her to found Empower to Change.

Episode 2: Empowering Women in STEM ft. Chahak Pahwa

Chahak Pahwa is the founder and president of  GirlSTEMpowered- an international youth organization that aims to  encourage interest in STEM amongst high school girls. Since the inception of the organization, she has built a team of over 70  enthusiastic girls from 5 countries across the globe. As of now, GirlSTEMpowered has curated content on several modern STEM concepts,  from neuroplasticity to dark matter, in ways that appeal to the  interests of young girls, organized webinars that allow girls to network with women pursuing college degrees and careers in STEM, and recognized


female scientists and entrepreneurs that have shattered glass ceilings  in their fields! Besides her passion for empowering girls to pursue STEM, she is an avid writer. She was awarded the Hindustan Times Scholarship in 2016 and was recognized as one of the brightest young minds in the city. 

In today's episode, host Allene Yue interviews Chahak Pahwa, the founder of GirlSTEMpowered, all the way from India. Hear us discuss imposter syndrome faced by women everywhere, along with the importance of building community and combining STEM with various other fields. Learn about Chahak's story in founding her organization, her interest in the life sciences, and find out what she has planned for the future!

Episode 3: The Power of Storytelling ft. Shailee Sankhala

Shailee Sankhala is the founder and president of Crossroads Initiative. Stemming from her passion for  storytelling and mental health advocacy, she created Crossroads as a way  to give teenagers the opportunity of self expression. Through this  organization, she hopes to decrease the mental health stigma by  appreciating the unnoticed mental struggles that people face in their lives. Outside of Crossroads Initiative, she is also a  filmmaker in her school’s broadcast, where she continues to pursue her  love for storytelling. Join Shailee and Allene's conversation about the struggles of

mental health among high school students in a competitive atmosphere, and hear us tackle the topic of prioritizing mental health over academics or extracurriculars. Listen to how Shailee founded Crossroads Initiative and how she's been using the power of storytelling to spread mental health awareness everywhere.

Episode 4: Building a Community for Girls ft. Naama Barnea-Goraly

Naama Barnea-Goraly M.D. received her medical degree from the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in  Jerusalem, Israel, and her clinical training in Child and Adolescent  Psychiatry as well as a post-doctoral neuroimaging research fellowship  at Stanford University. She then went on to work as an Instructor and  brain researcher at Stanford. Her research, on brain structure in  disorders affecting social cognition, was published extensively in  leading psychiatric and neuroscience journals, and presented in  international conferences.

In the course of her work she became  interested in gender differences in social cognition, gender equality,  and the importance of supportive authentic communities, especially for  girls and women. This led her out of the lab and into the real world to  found “Girltelligence”, a girl empowerment app for teen girls and young  women to find a supportive community and resources to support their  mental health and reach their full potential.

This episode, we're talking with Dr. Naama Barnea-Goraly, a current psychiatrist, a former researcher and mentor at Stanford University, and a co-founder of Girltelligence. Listen to us discuss the importance and wonders of research, along with the gender inequities throughout the world. Hear Dr. Naama talk about her personal experience and challenges with being a woman in STEM, along with her journey in building a community for girls through Girltelligence. 

Episode 5: Tackling College Applications ft. Dyllen Nellis

Dyllen Nellis is a visual artist and performer studying Art Practice and Symbolic Systems at Stanford University. She works across multiple disciplines ranging from traditional, digital, and experimental media, to musical theatre, dance, and singing/songwriting. In addition to her interest in art and tech, she is passionate about making college application strategies more accessible for students. As a college consultant, she creates educational content on YouTube, works individually with students, and has launched a comprehensive online college essay course at CollegeEssayAdvice.com.


In this episode, Dyllen talks about her incredible background in various forms of art, along with her personal journey of tackling her college applications. Accepted at 8/8 of the schools she's applied to, including Stanford, NYU, and USC, listen to how her experiences led her to create a YouTube channel and business dedicated to helping others succeed in that same process.

Episode 6: Changing the Status Quo ft. Bethany Huang

Currently a student at the University of California, Irvine, Bethany is a political science and music double major. Bethany recently ran for Irvine Unified School District Board of Education in  the 2020 general elections, making her the youngest candidate to ever  run for that position. She also started playing the piano at the age of  6, and recently appeared on the 2020 Graduate Together Show, hosted by Lebron James and featuring appearances from President Barack Obama. She  has also been featured on news networks such as CBS and KCAL-9. Bethany performed as an exhibitor

guest for the Pearl River Piano Group at the National Association of Music Merchants Show, and  was named an Orange  County Register Artist of the Year semifinalist.

Hear us talk about mental health struggles throughout high school, along with the stress of college applications and being a young leader. Listen to how Bethany's passion for music, in addition to her incredible persistence and determination, helped her through the challenges she faced.

Episode 7: Overcoming Abuse ft. Kaitlyn Vail

Kaitlyn is the founder of Supporting Smiles, which is a mental health based organization based around the awareness and education of mental health and its surrounding topics. Her reason for starting her organization came from her own mental health journey and narcissistic/emotional abuse. Her father abused her mentally and emotionally for a couple of years and after almost 2 years, she got the courage to leave and not stay with him again. After she left, she spent a year trying to find herself and grow herself mentally until about a year later when he started contacting her. From

April-June 2020, he was contacting her and things were going downhill, until her mother started to notice, leading her to go back to counseling.


In late June, she came up with the idea of her organization and ran it past her counselor and she loved it! Her organization helped her cope while researching and educating on different aspects of mental health. That brings her to now, where she is still venturing through her personal growth journey and loves her organization, team, and the projects they are working on, and she is still completely surprised about how much they grew in little time.

In today's episode, we cover different, heavier types of topics, focusing on abuse, the stigma around therapy and mental health, and how Kaitlyn managed to use Supporting Smiles as a way to overcome these struggles.

Episode 8: Living Authentically ft. Hailey Rodgers

Hailey Rodgers is an author, blogger, podcaster, and an aspiring life coach and entrepreneur. She published her first book, See Me: Becoming Your Authentic Self, in 2019. See Me is a self-help book geared towards young adults and it aims to inspire readers to live an authentic life. She is excited to publish my second book in December 2021. Furthermore, she launched her podcast, See Me Show, in 2020 which promotes the same message. She is also the current Co-President of a charity called Step Above Stigma (SAS). Their goal is to improve the accessibility of mental health care across


Canada. Through all of their fundraisers, 100% of the profits will go to mental health organizations across Canada. Through their fundraisers, sock sales, and other events and initiatives, they work towards educating the public on the importance of mental wellness while donating money to mental health charities. She is also in her fourth year of commerce at Queen’s University, and when she graduates, she will be doing a summer start-up incubator program where she will be launching a business and is also working toward her life coaching certification.

Episode 9: Collaboration Over Competition ft. Naomi Porter

Naomi Porter is a 16-year-old serial entrepreneur, education reform advocate and public speaker from Los Angeles, California.  She is the C.E.O. of two businesses:  Spice it Up and Bright Futures. Naomi is a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout for launching EntrepreYOUership - a  project that widens youth access to entrepreneurial education. “You can do it too” is the tag line to encourage youth to see themselves as  entrepreneurs who can create a product or service, even when they are young.  Her team has provided entrepreneurial education to 250+ youth through 25+ virtual workshops. She


is also a Global Research and Design Intern for Girl Scouts of the USA through which she has lead national focus groups, hosted a TV show, and provided relevant content for youth.  

In today's episode, Naomi and Allene discuss the importance of collaboration when it comes to Entrepreneurship, along with both the thrills and challenges of it all. Listen to how Naomi started her first business when she was only 11 years old, and how it led her to explore more ventures, changing the world one step of a time.

Episode 10: Designing Your Own Future ft. Grace Ling

Grace Ling is a Designer at Electronic Arts and the Founder & Design Lead of the Design Buddies community (16K+ members). Outside of design and community building, she has her own art business and designs merchandise. She also creates content for social media and her blog to help students, designers, and community builders with a total following of 40K+. In the past, she designed and developed virtual reality games to train surgeons and to make education fun. She has also done over 60 speaking engagements on topics relating to design, career growth, networking, and personal branding. You can check out her work at https://grace-ling.com/


In this episode, Grace talks about how she completely changed her career path and landed a job at EA, while still a student, through determination and her own persistence in self-learning new concepts, while landing an internship almost solely through networking. Hear all about how she took her passion in art to create a design community and shape her exciting future. 

Episode 11: Exploring Scientific Research ft. Shriya Naidu

Shriya is a postgraduate in Neuro-psychology and currently works with IIT Gandhinagar on Outreach projects for Cognitive Science. Her past successful projects include the Brain Awareness Week in May 2020 with support from Dana foundation and International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and NeuroNovember 2020 - a collaborative event with Stimulus and Project Encephalon. She aims to make science available to communities and societies to encourage public health awareness and build curiosity in science. She is also a passionate environmentalist and conducts campaigns that help people adopt a low waste lifestyle.

In today's episode, Shriya discusses the lack of research and field exploration opportunities in subjects such as psychology or cognitive science. Listen to how Shriya tackles this topic through founding Stimulus, and how you can get involved in research now!

Episode 12: Amplifying Voices of POC ft. Grace Wang

Grace is a high-school senior from Texas. Through her passion in journalism, she founded Voices of POC, where she amplifies the voices of POC by sharing their stories. She has been a part of her school’s yearbook staff for three years, which is where she found her passion for journalism, as she really enjoys speaking with people. Whether that comes in the form of an interview or a conversation with friends, it brings her a lot of joy when she can connect with someone’s emotions and thoughts. A current goal of hers is to constantly shed light on the voices of minorities and uncover the ongoing racism in our communities.

Listen to how Grace's interest in journalism led her to start Voices of POC, and find out how the conversations she's had with strangers has impacted her life, along with the importance of amplifying these voices through her work.

Episode 13: Building a Successful Nonprofit ft. Audrey

Audrey Pe (@audreyisabelpe) is a student at Stanford University and the founder and executive director of WiTech (@witechorg) — a nonprofit organization based in the Philippines that aims to educate, inspire, and empower youth to break gender barriers and use tech to make a difference in society.

Her work with WiTech has garnered her recognition as a 2019 Global Teen Leader, 2020 Pinterest Council of Courage member, 2018 Zonta Young


Women in Public Affairs District awardee, 2019 Zonta Women in Technology Asia-Pacific District Scholar, Opportunity Desk 30 Under 30 Changemaker, 2020 Women in IT Advocate of the Year Finalist, and 2019 Women in Tech Global Aspiring Teen Award Finalist. A two-time TEDx, ASEAN and UN speaker, she has delivered over 30+ talks and has also been featured in local and international publications like Forbes, Esquire, and Elite Daily.

Find out what inspired Audrey to start WiTech, and how her passion for WiTech's mission led her to make her startup a success, with a reach of thousands of individuals from across the world. Learn about her experiences, her impact, and how you can also take the initiative to make an impact of your own!

Episode 14: Diving Deep Into Neuroscience ft. Chimanyi Balusu

Chinmayi Balusu is an undergraduate sophomore pursuing neuroscience and medical humanities at Columbia University. At 16 years old, she founded Simply Neuroscience, a global student-led non-profit organization dedicated to expanding interdisciplinary neuroscience and psychology education, outreach, and awareness for over 30,000 students worldwide. She is also a researcher with a background in neurodegeneration and is currently contributing to cognitive neuroscience and brain injury studies. For her work investigating the effects of a longevity compound on brain

tissue in age-related diseases in mice, she was named an International Science and Engineering Fair finalist and the California Science and Engineering Fair's Student of the Year in 2019. Chinmayi is passionate about youth science communication, building inclusive spaces for women in STEM, mentorship, and public speaking. She is a Presidential Volunteer Sevice Award, Daily Point of Light Award, and Multiplying Good One in a Million Award recipient for her community service. 

Learn about how Chinmayi's once-small project turned into her biggest one yet, and how she is empowering people of all ages to further explore the world of neuroscience and psychology. Find out how you, too, can get involved, and how you can use your own passions to create change.

Episode 15: Changing the World Through Empathy ft. Tarina Ahuja

Tarina Ahuja is a freshman at Harvard who cares deeply about social justice and civil rights issues. She is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Young Khalsa Girls, a grassroots organization founded in 2012 with a mission of empowering young girls to serve their communities through selfless service and advocacy. She is also the co-founder and president of The Greater Good Initiative, a youth-led, youth-run, national policy think-tank working to write and advocate for policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the sectors of economy, public health, education, civil rights, and

environment. She is the youth ambassador for the National Democratic Institute’s and Running Start’s DISRUPTHER program, an initiative envisioned to increase women’s political participation around the world. She was the youth keynote speaker at the Madeline Albright lunch and the Foreign Policy HerPower Summit in 2019. At Harvard, she currently serves as a representative on the Undergraduate Council (Harvard College’s Student Government), a representative on the Service to Society Council, and chair of the Institute of Politics CIVICS program.

Learn how Tarina utilizes her focus on empathy to make a real impact, and how she stays driven throughout all her work. Find out why she believes that youth are at the center of all this change, and how you can be a part of it all.

Episode 16: Founding a Thriving Company ft. Georgia Messinger

Georgia Messinger (she/her/hers) is a junior at Harvard studying psychology and computer science from Los Angeles, CA. She is the founder of two companies Trill Project, an anonymous social network for mental health peer support, and Girls Get IT, a computer science education and mentorship program for female-identifying and non-binary elementary schoolers. She is also an early team member at Valance, a professional network for people of color, where she manages the Valence Funding Network to connect more Black founders with access to capital for their

companies. She is the daughter of immigrants, mixed-race, and a first generation student who deeply believes in using her education and experience in the world of social entrepreneurship to help others. All her work focuses on the intersection between social impact and technology. You can follow Georgia on Instagram @geoorgiaaa and Twitter @geomessinger. 

Learn about how she founded and manages two successful startups, and how she balances her academic work and entrepreneurial ventures at the same time. Find out what encouraged her to dive deep into entrepreneurship and create supportive communities.

Episode 17: Landing Your Dream Internship and Career ft. Stephanie Nuesi

Stephanie Nuesi is the CEO and Founder of Max Up, a career coaching firm whose mission is to maximize the potential of the future leaders of the nation. She has interned in various top accounting firms, tech companies and different banks in New York City and California. Stephanie is passionate about career coaching and public speaking. She has given over 100 workshops and events in 7 countries and has been guest speaker for companies like Wiley, The AICPA, UBS, and more. Stephanie has been featured on The Well, The CPA Journal, Josh Talks USA, and more. She has

helped over 1,000 students and professionals from all over the world with her company Max Up, where she provides career coaching and professional development strategies and resources to help them land their dream careers. Because of her passion to keep involved with the community, she was chosen as a 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholar.

Learn about how Stephanie went from barely being able to speak English as a newcomer to the U.S., to helping thousands of individuals in America land their dream careers, while also sharing her own story to the world at the same time.

Episode 18: Becoming a Recording Artist ft. ANON

ANON is a recording artist from the Bay Area, CA. She has been recording music for a little over 2 years and has been releasing her work on major platforms such as Apple & Spotify. She is a big advocate of self care and holistic wellness which has been a strong influence in her life as well as her music. She encourages emotional release to those listening to her work for the full experience. Her biggest goal as an artist is to bring healing to her audience through her music.

Find out how she completely changed her career path after taking time off school, eventually opting out completely, and instead pursuing her passion for becoming a music recording artist. In today's episode, ANON talks about how her main focus changed from graduating college and obtaining a 9-5 job, to finding the key to living her life to the fullest, free of burdens.

Episode 19: Tackling the Mental Health Stigma Through Film ft. Ella

At the age of only 19, Ella is the director of Broken Flames Productions, which is building a slate of mental health based projects, and has had her work selected for BAFTA accredited festivals and featured by various news outlets. She works as a mental health activist and is an ambassador for teen mental health charity stem4. She is campaigning for better representation of mental health in the media, and was awarded Positive Female Role Model Of The Year at the Darkus Magazine Awards. Her first short film Faulty Roots which she made when she was only 18, was nominated for Best Script by

Film The House which is run by Parliament and sponsored by Disney, Warner Bros, Lionsgate & more. Her animated short 'Dreary Days' premiered at Enimation film festival and was just selected for Monstra Film Festival, one of the biggest animation festivals. She is also working on a new film "Self-Charm" and "Smudged Smile."

In this episode, Ella talks about how her work spreads mental health awareness, along with how she first discovered her passion for film.

Episode 20: Becoming a Published Teen Author ft. Risha Chaurasia

Risha Chaurasia is a 14 year old author, blogger and literature advocate spreading positivity through writing from India.  She published 2 books so far, TRUCE and Tales of Twinkling Tweens.Her books are available on Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback format. Her blog is called Straight From My Pen on Instagram. She is also a literature advocate and has advocated for the love of reading on both national and international platforms. Find her on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

In this episode, Risha takes you behind the scenes of writing and publishing novels by the age of 13, while also balancing a social life, academics, and running a blog on the side. Find out what her motivation is for reading and writing, along with the impact she strives to create through her work.

Episode 21: Battling Societal Expectations as Youth ft.  Fabiana Romain

At 16 years old, Fabiana Romain runs her own podcast called "Mind Uncovered", in which she explores how daily life situations affect the mind, brain, and mental health. Taking part in debate competitions made her realize the power of words, and she decided to use hers to spread awareness about one of the things she's passionate about, along with sharing that passion with others. She is also the founder and CEO of the Mind Uncovered Initiative, with the vision to have a world where young people care deeply about their minds and brains and are further interested in

issues related to them. Fabiana hopes to become a neurologist in the future, but for now, she hopes to major in neuroscience and biomedical engineering. She loves reading and writing and is hoping to publish a poetry book in the near future.

As teens, we all go through different struggles, but they're not always easy to battle on our own, whether it's about societal pressures and expectations or issues with mental health. Listen to how Fabiana's personal experiences as a high-school student have taught her how to battle these struggles and speak up about these topics through her own podcast. Find out how she believes we can come together to fight these stigmas and expectations, along with what her advice is for struggling youth out there.